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Moffetts target Euro adventure after their Circuit tilt

By Sammy Hamill

The Moffett brothers, Sam and Josh, are lining up a double Circuit of Ireland bid. More than that, they are planning to follow up their Easter adventure by contesting a further three rounds of the European championship.

Their Combilift Ford Fiestas will be switched from their current WRC specification to RRC (Regional Rally Car) configuration to be eligible for European rounds.

Sam, a past winner of the Donegal International and the Rally of the Lakes, said that after the Circuit they planned to go to the ERC rallies in the Azores, Belgium and the Czech Republic.

"The 1600cc Fiestas and other current WRC cars are being out-powered by the big two-litre Subarus and Ford Focuses in the Irish Tarmac championship so we thought we would try something different," he explained.

"The RRC cars are allowed to compete alongside the new R5 and S2000 cars in the ERC for another season so we thought we would take advantage of that and experience new rallies."

Sam ran as high as fourth for much of last year's Circuit before being forced to retire while Josh won the production category in his Mitsubishi Evo.

The younger Moffett has since acquired the ex-Craig Breen WRC Fiesta which he debuted with fourth place behind Sam in the Galway International last month.

Meanwhile, Charlie Eastwood will take his next step when he moves to the Formula Renault Eurocup series this season.

Former World karting champion Eastwood has joined Strakka Racing, a Silverstone-based team which already includes fellow Ulsterman Jonny Kane as part of their World Endurance Championship line-up.

Eastwood said: "I had a good test session with Strakka and then coming to see their workshops at Silverstone confirmed this is where I want to race.

"I was hugely impressed by Strakka's professionalism and the whole set-up."

Another promising Ulster driver, Andrew Watson, will compete in the British GT Championship as part of McLaren's development programme. The 20-year-old from Donaghmore is to drive a McLaren 650S GT3, starting at Oulton Park on Easter Monday.

Portadown's Colin Turkington will have increased local backing for his bid to retain the British Touring Car Championship. He recently signed to drive a Volkswagen Passat for Team BMR.

Breezemount, a Northern Ireland express delivery company, has joined other local firms to support the champion.

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